By Justin Gould, Staff Writer
ESPN’s 30 for 30: Brothers in Exile was the first of many movies hosted by Student Athlete Mentors (SAMs) during its Monday Movie Night Event.
Very few students attended the screening on Oct. 3, much to the surprise of SAMs. The group was expecting a large turnout according to James Flagler, a senior and Student Athlete Mentor.
Even with a low turnout, the group is expected to continue the newly found tradition. “We plan on doing one every first Monday of the month” said Flagler. “We are going to be putting up posters around campus with the schedule.”
“I think the discussion component builds upon the viewing of the film,” said Flagler. “It is like reading a book, you don’t just read it…you discuss it in class. We want to provide students at Fisher, especially athletes, a topical clip that would lead to discussion.”
The group hopes to stimulate an active discussion among onlookers. “Sports have a way of teaching us about life, and the movies open our eyes to the events occurring in our outside world” said Sara Shipley, the Wellness Education Programer and Co-Advisor to SAMs. Through sports, they want to draw people in to have proactive conversations that affect our campus life.
Major League Baseball players, and brothers, Orlando “El Duque” and Livan Hernández were featured in the movie detailing their escape from Cuba. Liván Hernández left the country to play for the Miami Marlins, meanwhile, his El Duque remained in the Communist state.
El Duque faced criticism from the Cuban Government for his brother’s actions. This lead to his escape from the country where he played for the New York Yankees.
The feature compared the hardships in Cuba to the late twentieth century American life. Even if you are not interested in Baseball, the piece still engages the viewer with real life issues.
“It is a gateway,” according to Shipley, “ they are about people and real life.”
SAM’s primary goal is to be the voice of their sports team. They hope to act as leaders within their teams to promote positive attitudes from sexual assault prevention to healthy study habits. To learn more information on the group follow them on Twitter: @sjfc_sams.